Austin, TX (Nov. 7, 2013)—Whole Foods Market raises a glass to the holidays’ chilly nights, bustling kitchens, celebratory dinners, and cocktail parties with this season’s sumptuous selections of Top 10 Holiday Wines (all under $25).
The budget friendly list of 12 traverses Greece, Argentina, New Zealand, France, Spain, and the U.S., tying in different flavors across the globe and offers a perfect match for hearty winter fare or simply sipping by the fire.
“Whether it’s a small gathering with friends or a New Year’s toast, Whole Foods Market has a wine fit for every celebration, “said Doug Bell, global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “There’s something for every wine personality — from the worldly sophisticate who leans toward an elegant French white like the Simonnet-Febvre St. Bris Sauvignon Blanc to the thrill-seeking adventurer who craves something unexpected like the Spanish Tablao Navarra. And at these values, you can buy one for your favorite host and pick up a bottle for yourself.”
Whole Foods Market invites wine enthusiasts 21 and older to chat about these holiday wine favorites during Twitter Tastings on Nov. 21 and Dec. 12. On Dec. 12, Nashville-based musician Mat Kearney will join the tasting to discuss his Mat Kearney Verse & Chorus Napa Valley Red. Go to wholefoodsmarket.com/wine for more information and use the hashtag #WFMwine to follow the conversation. The schedule is:
Nov. 21, 7-8 p.m. CT
Grace Lane Yakima Valley Riesling
H & G Priorat
Les Hauts de Bel Air Bordeaux
Dec. 12, 7-8 p.m. CT
Roger d’Anoia Cava
Santa Julia Innovacíon Bonarda-Cabernet
Mat Kearney Verse & Chorus Napa Valley Red
The company’s Top 10 Holiday Wines include:
Roger d’Anoia Cava (Spain)
Lively effervescence with bright notes of green apple and pear, this sparkler is ripe and round with a touch of sweetness in the well-balanced finish.
Cheese Pairing: Uniekaas Parrano
Recipe Pairing: Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy-Spicy Green Onion Dipping Sauce
Skouras Anassa (Greece)
Made with 70 percent moschofilero and 30 percent viognier, this medium-bodied white has aromas of ripe apricot and orange peel and a clean, crisp finish.
Cheese Pairing: Red Leaf Canadian Aged Cheddar
Recipe Pairing: Roasted Salmon Stuffed with Spinach, Feta and Ricotta
Simonnet-Febvre St. Bris Sauvignon Blanc (France)
The micro-climate in the Saint-Bris appellation allows for the sauvignon blanc grapes to express their full aromatic character as well as the minerality of the terroir. The exuberant nose is characterized by freshly cut herbs and delicate fruits with a hint of red bell pepper, and the elegant finish has a lovely minerality.
Cheese Pairing: Vermont Creamery Bijou
Recipe Pairing: Classic Butternut Squash Soup
Novellum Chardonnay (France)
This zesty white has honeysuckle and white peach aromas, and anise, fennel and a hint of oak show in the lengthy finish.
Cheese Pairing: Hervé Mons Camembert
Recipe Pairing: Roast Turkey with Apples and Onions
Allan Scott Marlborough Pinot Noir (New Zealand)
This wine is rich and dark with black cherries, violets and a pleasant earthiness on the nose. It has a velvety, harmonious finish with smoky oak, subtle spice and raspberry flavors.
Cheese Pairing: P’tit Basque
Recipe Pairing: Five-Spice Roast Duck
Cercius Côtes du Rhône (France)
This blend of 85 percent grenache and 15 percent syrah is beautifully textured, lush and decadent with an aroma of smoky eucalyptus and berry and deep notes of kirsch, plum and stewed fruits and plum and a hint of leather in the long finish.
Cheese Pairing: Sottocenere Italian Truffle
Recipe Pairing: Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Mashed Vegetables
Tablao Navarra (Spain)
This juicy red, made up of mainly tempranillo grapes, has an aromatic nose of raspberry with complex hints of licorice and cherry, which round out its sublime, lingering finish.
Cheese Pairing: Seaside Cheddar
Recipe Pairing: Roasted Beef Brisket with Carrots and Tomatoes
H & G Priorat (Spain)
Silky and robust, this spicy, well-balanced red is rich with aromas of red ripe stone fruits and finishes with a touch of oak and earthy minerals.
Cheese Pairing: Fromager d’Affinois
Recipe Pairing: Crown Roast of Pork with Wild Rice Stuffing
Santa Julia Innovacíon Bonarda-Cabernet (Argentina)
Deeply complex and full-bodied, this red created by the Zuccardi family has forward notes of plum and cigar box with jammy flavors of dark ripe berries. The luxurious finish has smoky, savory notes.
Cheese Pairing: Borough Market Cheddar
Recipe Pairing: Apple, Sausage and Sage Sourdough Stuffing
Les Hauts de Bel Air Bordeaux (France)
The powerful but elegant nose is redolent of red and black fruits, especially cherry and blackberry, with black pepper. This rich and supple red has smooth tannins and is superbly balanced on the palate with a lengthy finish.
Cheese Pairing: Fourme d’Ambert
Recipe Pairing: Portobellos Stuffed with Greens and Blue
Mat Kearney Verse & Chorus Napa Valley Red (California)
This bold claret is made through a partnership between famed musician Mat Kearney, Peju and the John Anthony family who, combined, have more than 60 years of Napa Valley wine making experience. This luscious red is 87 percent Napa Valley merlot and 13 percent Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon and has soft aromatics of black currant, plum, and notes of cedar. The bold but well-balanced flavors of vanilla, black cherry and chocolate give way to juicy dark cherry and wild blackberry. And, the long finish has nuances of roasted coffee and toasted hazelnut.
Cheese Pairing: Emmi Le Gruyère
Recipe Pairing: Slow Cooker Lentil Stew with Polenta
Grace Lane Yakima Valley Riesling (Washington)
This medium-dry riesling has delicate notes of fresh green apple and crisp white peach. Its delicate yet complex flavors lead to a long, full finish.
Cheese Pairing: Rogue Creamery Caveman Blue
Recipe Pairing: Honey-Glazed Ham with Fresh Pineapple Chutney
For more information on these holiday wines and Twitter Tastings, please visit wholefoodsmarket.com/wine.